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mom's gooey butter cake

(66 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Shelly Pruett
Alton, IL

My mom made this for years and has shared the recipe with many people, including my aunt. She gave it to her children, who modified the recipe and have opened a Gooey Butter Cake Bakery!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

The buttery flavor of this gooey cake is so good that we couldn't stop going back for more! The soft butter crust made from the cake mix holds in the rich, gooey cream cheese layer. This is a delicious and easy dessert that's been around for a long time. We've had many ooey gooey cakes and this original version is still one of our favorites. Bring it to a potluck and watch it disappear.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(66 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mom's gooey butter cake

  • 4 lg
    eggs, room temperature
  • 1 stick
    butter, room temperature
  • 1 box
    yellow cake mix
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 c
    or 1 box powdered sugar

How To Make mom's gooey butter cake

Test Kitchen Tips
We have seen some questions about the powdered sugar and butter and wanted to clarify what we did. We used 2 cups of powdered sugar as this recipe says. Other recipes out there have around 4 cups. The layer was a little thin but the 2 cups worked. If you want to try 4 cups, go for it. We just can't guarantee the sweetness or results. For the crust, we used softened butter as stated, not melted. There are lots of variations on this recipe out there and tweak to suit your taste buds.
  • Dry cake mix, butter, and eggs in a bowl.
    Preheat oven to 350F. Place dry cake mix, butter, and 2 eggs in a mixing bowl.
  • Ingredients mixed together.
    Mix together.
  • Batter pressed into a baking dish.
    Press into a greased 9" x 13" cake pan, pushing the sides up slightly to hold the filling.
  • Cream cheese, eggs, and powdered sugar for filling in a bowl.
    For the filling: Mix cream cheese, remaining 2 eggs, and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Filling ingredients mixed together.
    Blend until smooth.
  • Filling poured into the crust.
    Pour filling into crust.
  • Gooey Butter Cake baking.
    Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Mom's Gooey Butter Cake cooling.
    Let cool. Serve at room temperature. Store in refrigerator.